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Teen bullying is horrible, but adults can be bad role models

I’ve been thinking a lot about cyberbullying lately and wondering how we can persuade our young people to treat each other and themselves with more respect. There’s no excuse for using a computer, a cell phone or anything else to demean, insult, embarrass or harass another person. Bullying, whether online or in person, is reprehensible.

We need to marginalize bullies, whether they’re on a schoolyard, on the Internet or on cable TV. We need to teach young people that bullying is neither acceptable nor normal. Every one of us has to start modeling how we want our children to behave. They learn not from how we tell them to act but how we act in their presence.


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